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How to make the most of your preadmission appointment

Surgery Scheduled? How to Make the Most of Your Preadmission Appointment

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, informed consent, preadmission, risks and benefits, surgery

Meeting with your surgeon before an operation to discuss informed consent has changed over the years. Find out how to be prepared for this important meeting so you go into surgery feeling comfortable.

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The Tumor Your Doctors Usually Don’t Expect (Video)

Tags: Dr. Roselli, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, heart video, heart videos, risk factors, Tumors, video

When a patient complains of cardiac symptoms, cardiac tumors are one of the last things doctors usually suspect. They are rare, and are usually benign or non-cancerous.

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart (Video)

Tags: CAD, CHD, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, inflammation, statins, video

Inflammation doesn’t just occur with injury or infection, but can also affect your heart. It’s a driver for coronary heart disease, and is measured with a simple blood test. Statins may even reduce inflammation. Learn more.

Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery

Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery (Video)

Tags: aortic artery, aortic-whiteboard, Dr. Clair, heart videos, high blood pressure, stent, Type B dissection, video, whiteboard sessions

A tear in the inner lining of the aortic artery can allow blood to seep between layers, impeding healthy blood flow. Doctors can now fix these “dissections” with a stent instead of open surgery.

High-Tech Procedure Restores Normal Heart Rhythms

High-Tech Procedure Helps Restore Your Normal Heart Rhythms (Video)

Tags: ablation, afib, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

A minimally invasive procedure called pulmonary vein ablation uses targeted energy to correct atrial fibrillation, which is a very fast, chaotic irregular heart rhythm. Here’s how the procedure works.

Ventricular Tachycardia

Disturbances In Your Heart: Ventricular Tachycardia (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, heart and vascular institute, heart video, ventricular tachycardia, video, whiteboard sessions

While extra heartbeats aren’t uncommon, sometimes they are long and sustained and signal a potentially serious issue. This can be caused by scarring from past heart attacks and other issues.

Pacemaker helping the heart keep pace

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart rate, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, heartbeat, pacemaker, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

Sometimes a dangerously slow heartbeat occurs because the natural “battery” of the heart isn’t working as it should, or there’s another issue with the heart’s electrical system. Here’s how a pacemaker can help.

What's next after cardiac surgery?

Returning to Normal Activities After Your Heart Surgery (Video)

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, heart videos, post-surgery recovery, rehabilitation, video

After cardiac surgery, you want to be normal right away. Take time to heal, join a cardiac rehabilitation program, and your heart and body will thank you now and later.

When not to worry

When Not to Worry About Your Irregular Heart Rhythms (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, Dr. Tchou, heart and vascular institute, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

Almost everyone gets a feeling of extra heartbeats from time to time. While certain types of irregular heartbeats can be very serious and indicative of a serious health issue, sometimes there’s no reason for worry.

Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Implantable Defibrillators Shock Your Heart Into Normal Rhythm (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, ICD, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. This often life-saving device sends energy to the heart muscle when a very fast, abnormal rhythm is detected.